2019 Lucille N. Austin Lecture on Care for Traumatized Immigrant Children

April 25, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Room 311/312

Heroic Efforts at the Border: Advocacy and Care for Traumatized Immigrant Children


Alan Shapiro (bio), M.D.
A trained pediatrician, Dr. Alan Schapiro is co-founder and medical director of Terra Firma, a nationally recognized medical-legal partnership based in New York City that provides medical and mental health services for immigrant children and advocates for their rights. He has been active in endorsing the humane treatment of all immigrant children seeking safe haven in the United States.

Dr. Shapiro’s keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • CSSW Professor Neeraj Kaushal (bio)
  • Lisa Pineda (bio), LCSW, Terra Firma
  • CSSW Student Bethany Miller (bio)


About the Event

Immigrant children seeking safe haven in the United States, whether arriving unaccompanied or in family units, face a complicated evaluation and legal process from point of arrival through their permanent resettlement in communities. 2019 Austin Lecturer Dr. Alan Shapiro will address the steps being taken by pediatricians, social workers, and other social-service and health-care professionals to ensure that these children receive the care they need, including treatment to mitigate any harm or traumatization from being separated from their families and detained within the Department of Homeland Security’s facilities.

Dr. Shapiro’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion involving Terra Firma psychotherapist Lisa Pineda, with direct experience of working with immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the border; and two members of the Columbia School of Social Work community: Professor Neeraj Kaushal, author of Blaming Immigrants, a new book on U.S. immigration policy; and Bethany Miller, an MSW student who spent her winter break helping Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. NOTE: Both Dr. Kaushal and Ms. Miller have been guests on the School of Social Work’s Facebook LIVE program (watch the episode).

About the Lucille N. Austin Lecture

The Lucille N. Austin Visiting Scholars Program was established to honor the contributions of Lucille N. Austin, an esteemed member of the Columbia School of Social Work’s faculty for more than 30 years. The program has been made possible, in part, by a generous contribution in memory of Jane R. Heimerdinger and a grant by the Kenworthy-Swift Foundation.

Continuing Education Information

For a fee of $50.00, NYS-, NJ- and CT-licensed social workers and NYS licensed mental health counselors* are eligible to receive 2.0 contact hours. Licensed social workers for other states, please email swope@columbia.edu. Columbia University School of Social Work is a CSWE accredited institution. See registration link for more information.

Livestream Information

About five minutes before the event, go to this link:
All registrants will receive a reminder of this link around 30 minutes before the program starts.


  1. Do not open the link in more than one window or you will hear an echo.
  2. Make sure your speaker volume is turned up.
  3. Type your questions for the speakers into the chat.
  4. Ethernet is more reliable than wifi.


Questions on Livestream? Contact swcommunications@columbia.edu.